Saturday, March 30, 2013
The disease, which spread through local schools last year, can be deadly to infants.
The Chester County Health Department recommends everyone receive a vaccination against pertussis, aka whooping cough, especially those who interact with infants. Pertussis vaccinations (DTaP and Tdap) are available at walk-in clinics held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Government Services Center in Westtown. The cost is $35, although free vaccinations are available to those who meet certain eligibility requirements. The health department's recent quarterly newsletter noted that there were 134 cases of pertussis in 2012, by far the most of any vaccine-preventable illness. The newsletter gave an overview of the importance of immunization: Whooping cough (Pertussis) is a respiratory infection that can cause a baby to have severe …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Important new information on West Nile Virus, childhood obesity, flu vaccinations and more.
The Chester County Health Department released its first-ever newsletter. Read the newsletter attached to this article as a PDF, or download the PDF from the Chester County Health Department website. In addition to call-outs for medical volunteers and information on how to find confidential information about STDs, the newsletter addresses salient health issues in the county: Who needs a Flu Vaccine? page 1 Carbon Monoxide Poisoning page 1 West Nile Virus page 2 Pertussis Vaccine page 2 Planning for an Emergency page 3 The Truth about Shingles page 4 Childhood Obesity page 5 In an introductory essay, the director of the health department, Margaret Rivello, explains how …
Friday, March 30, 2012
The state health department set an April 30 deadline for school students to have up-to-date immunizations.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Editor's note: The following information is from a Chester County press release. (Emphasis added to the clinic dates.) The Chester County Health Department is holding immunization clinics next month for students in all grades who need to receive the next stage of required vaccines. New Pennsylvania regulations took effect in August 2011 and the law requires all school-aged children to have up-to-date immunizations by April 30, 2012. The Chester County Health Clinic is located at the county’s Government Services Building, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. The immunization clinics will be held April 9 from 2:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.; April 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; April 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; and April 13 from 9:00 a.m…
Monday, March 19, 2012
Newest case is the seventh in the district in 2012, but the first in the school.
Great Valley School District alerted parents Monday morning that a student at General Wayne Elementary School was diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough. According to the letter (attached to this article) sent by superintendent Alan Lonoconus to parents: That student is under a doctor’s care and returned to school today after being cleared as no longer contagious. However, your child may have been exposed between March 4, 2012 and March 9, 2012. The new case is the seventh confirmed case of pertussis in the Great Valley School District. There have been four in Great Valley High School, one in Great Valley Middle School, one in Kathryn D. Markley Elementary School and the latest in General Wayne. According to Betsy Walls, …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The school district emailed parents Wednesday to inform them of the latest case of Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in the district.
A sixth case of whooping cough has been confirmed in Great Valley School District, this time in the middle school. As in previous cases, superintendent Alan Lonoconus sent parents an email Wednesday explaining the situation (full letter attached to this article): We learned today that one Great Valley Middle School student has a confirmed case of pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough. That student is currently under a doctor’s care and will not return to school until the doctor provides a note that the student is no longer contagious. However, your child may have been exposed between February 6, 2012 and February 17, 2012. After multiple cases at Great Valley High School, that school was considered an "outbreak site" and …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The latest case brings the total to five students in the district diagnosed with the disease, also known as whooping cough.
A new confirmed case of whooping cough at Great Valley High School brings the tally to five students in the district with the disease. Parents were notified of the latest case Wednesday in an email from superintendent Alan Lonoconus. Four high school students and one elementary school student have been diagnosed with whooping cough, also known as pertussis. After the original case, students who had not been vaccinated against the disease were told not to return to school for 21 days after the last possible exposure. In the latest dispatch to parents, the superintendent explained how students with the vaccination can still contract whooping cough. That student is currently under a doctor’s care and will not return to school until the doctor…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The district notified parents Tuesday of another case of whooping cough at the high school.
According to an email sent to Great Valley School District parents Tuesday, the county health department confirmed a third case of whooping cough at the high school. According to the letter: Two cases of Pertussis were previously confirmed at the school in January, leading many students to stay home as parents and administrators checked on student health records. A free vaccination clinic was held at the school Jan. 30.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Students who have not been vaccinated against the disease are told to stay home for 21 days after last possible exposure or until they are vaccinated.
The Chester County Health Department has confirmed a case of Pertussis at Great Valley High School, according to a letter the school district sent to parents Thursday. We have been informed by the Chester County Health Department that an additional case of Pertussis (whooping cough) has been confirmed in a student at Great Valley High School. Additional precautions are necessary within the high school to decrease the potential for additional cases. The letter explains that vaccination, which requires five doses of DTaP and a Tdap booster after age 11, is administered to children free of charge at a county clinic. According to the National Institutes of Health website, Pertussis is a serious disease that is especially dangerous to infants: …